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Five and Five: Kent State

What are five things I like about Kent State in 2010? What about five things I don’t? This list has all the answers.

Likes

1. The safety tandem of Brian Lainhart and Dan Hartman. The pair combined for more than 150 tackles and 11 interceptions last fall, with Lainhart’s seven picks leading the MAC.

2. The return of running back Eugene Jarvis. The diminutive sixth-year senior can give this Kent State ground game a huge boost, especially if he can perform at full health.

3. A fairly easy schedule. Kent State does get Boston College and Penn State in non-conference play, but play four of its last five at home.

4. Sophomore quarterback Spencer Keith. He played well in his seven starts a year ago. The Golden Flashes have long been high on his backup, junior Giorgio Morgan.

5. Another sophomore, receiver Tyshon Goode, is coming off the finest receiving season by a first-year player in school history.

Dislikes

1. Some competition at linebacker is good, but the group will need a reshuffling to get both Corbani Mixon and Dorian Woods — the two best performers at the position — on the field at the same time. Both are slated at middle linebacker right now, partly due to Mixon’s injury in the spring, though Woods can move back to the weak side.

2. Two starters must be replaced up front, though the Golden Flashes bring back tackle Quinton Rainey and end Monte Simmons. Both are talented, though Rainey is very undersized for his spot.

3. A young offensive line, though Kent State does return three starters. The right side of line is particularly inexperienced.

4. Can Kent State play up to its expectations? Very rarely do the Golden Flashes enter a season with bowl hopes; this year, they do.

5. The program’s history of inconsistency. Most wins in consecutive seasons since 1978? Try 12.

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